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On Earth As In Heaven:Ecological Vision and Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ecological Vision and Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Publication Year: 2011

Over the past two decades, the world has witnessed alarming environmental degradation--climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the pollution of natural resources--together with a failure to implement environmental policies and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. During this same period, one religious leader has discerned the signs of the times and called people's attention to our dire ecological and social situation: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the worldwide leader of the Orthodox Churches. As this new volume of his writings reveals, Patriarch Bartholomew has continually proclaimed the primacy of spiritual values in determining environmental ethics and action. For him, the predicament we face is not primarily ecological but in fact spiritual: The ultimateaim is to see all things in God, and God in all things.On Earth as in Heaven demonstrates just why His All Holiness has been dubbed the "Green Patriarch" by former Vice President Al Gore (recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental activism) and the media. This third and final volume of the spiritual leader's selected writings showcases his statements on environmentaldegradation, global warming, and climate change. It contains numerous speeches and interviews in various circumstances, including ecological symposia, academic seminars, and regional and international events, over the first twenty years of his ministry. This volume also encompasses a selection of pastoral letters and exhortations--ecclesiastical, ecumenical, and academic--by His All Holiness for occasions such as Easter and Christmas, honorary doctorates, and academic awards.On Earth as in Heaven is a rich collection, essential for religious scholars, those looking for a deeper understanding of Orthodox Christianity, and anyone concerned with the environmental and social issues we face today.

Published by: Fordham University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

There is a law of unintended consequences, for when things go wrong; but there should also be a law for unexpected consequences when things happen to go right. While I was International President of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the 1980s, one of our main concerns was how...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

This is the third and final volume of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s selected writings. The first volume spoke to a contemporary world about human rights, religious tolerance, and international peace. The second volume contained major addresses relating to the ecumenical vision of...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

In the past two decades, the world has witnessed alarming environmental degradation—with climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the pollution of natural resources—and the widening gap between rich and poor, as well as increasing failure to implement environmental policies. During...

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1. Call to Vigilance and Prayer: Patriarchal Encyclicals for September 1st

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pp. 23-64

This Ecumenical Throne of Orthodoxy—in its responsibility to protect and proclaim the centuries-long spirit of the patristic tradition as well as in its effort faithfully to interpret the eucharistic and liturgical experience of the Orthodox Church—watches with great anxiety the merciless trampling...

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2. Orthodox Theology and the Environment: General Addresses

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pp. 65-144

Any effort to connect contemporary environmental pursuits to theological presuppositions seems to be a paradoxical and perhaps eccentric venture. In the minds of most, ecology represents a practical and tangible methodology. On the contrary, theology and theological cosmology, even as terminology,...

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3. Nature and Cosmos: Beauty and Harmony of Creation

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pp. 145-157

We are deeply grateful for the honor bestowed on us today, an honor that we accept not on behalf of one individual, but on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the entire Holy Orthodox Church in whose rich vineyard we are privileged to labor. We may toil in this vineyard, we may...

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4. Ecology and Ethics: Virtues and Values, Responsibility and Justice

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pp. 158-193

It is with much joy and deep satisfaction that we greet the inauguration of this Inter-Orthodox Conference on the protection of the natural environment. The convocation of this conference was a particular desire and hope of our late predecessor, Patriarch Dimitrios of blessed memory, who...

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5. Prayer and Spirituality: Transfiguration and Sacrifice

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pp. 194-235

As far as our most holy Orthodox Church is concerned, we have reasons to be very intensely concerned for the protection of the natural environment. This was demonstrated during the Inter-Orthodox Conference convened, at the initiative of our Throne, last November on the island of Crete, which...

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6. Education and Economy: Conservation, Education, and People

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pp. 236-268

By the grace of God, to whom we express our heartfelt gratitude, we are convening this interfaith gathering in this venerable center of Orthodoxy. We are pleased that it is being held within the hospitable environment of this monastery, where our ‘‘alma mater,’’ the Theological School of Halki,...

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7. ‘‘All in the Same Boat’’: Intergenerational and Interdisciplinary Solidarity

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pp. 269-296

God created humanity to serve as a king of creation, not for any individualistic exploitation of it that results in destruction, but for the enjoyment of a peaceful and fruitful life in it in harmony with the other creatures, plants, or animals. Nevertheless, we have recently experienced a dangerous...

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8. Interviews and Comments: A Selection

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pp. 297-334

CHARLIE ROSE: Welcome to the broadcast.1 Tonight, a conversation with one of the most important religious figures in the world. He is His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. He’s the leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians.We spoke in Atlanta during his current visit...

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9. Declarations and Statements

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pp. 335-352

We are gathered here today in the spirit of peace for the good of all human beings and for the care of creation.1 At this moment in history, at the beginning of the third millennium, we are saddened to see the daily suffering of a great number of people from violence, starvation, poverty,...

Index

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pp. 353-368


E-ISBN-13: 9780823249459
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823238859
Print-ISBN-10: 0823238857

Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (FUP)

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  • Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Orthodox Eastern Church.
  • Environmental degradation -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Global warming -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Climatic changes.
  • Orthodox Eastern Church -- Doctrines.
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